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Hi I'm Haylee Lorraine Grimmer

I grew up in Oregon. I am about to graduate high school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a senior in high school. I am about to graduate and am planning on attending college next fall at Southern Virginia University. I love soccer and singing. I will be playing soccer for SVU and participating in their music programs. I also play basketball and swam on swim team. Over the course of my life I've had the opportunity to travel because of my mothers occupation. I've enjoyed experiencing new cultures. This year I have begun participating in my school's forestry and shop programs. I have competed in welding and forestry competitions and have come to love both forms of work. I also recently participated in fire school. I am also very passionate about painting. I love painting on canvases. Painting offers me an escape from everything I'm stressing out about. Being a Mormon, I also participate in the LDS church's Young Woman program. I have earned my Young Woman's Medallion. I attend seminary every morning at 6:45 a.m. I attend church every Sunday and love my religion.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My parents taught me to pray, read the scriptures, and to go to church. Up until my high school years I was going because that is just what my family did. The church strongly encourages its youth to come to understand the gospel and create their own testimonies. It is important for us to come because we know it's true for ourselves. So I have done just that. I'm a Mormon because I have come to my own understanding of the gospel. I know it's true. I've had the spirit on countless occasions testify this to me. I've studied the scriptures, prayed, and pondered to create my own testimony. I can see the blessings the gospel brings into my life. I can be blessed with an eternal family that I can be sealed to through the temple. I can return to a loving Heavenly Father because of the atonement of Jesus Christ. Nobody is perfect. I'm so thankful that I can repent of my sins. Especially in this time where temptations are endlessly surrounding us. I've come to understand that through this gospel I can be truly happy. If I strive to be righteous and keep my covenants with God, blessings will be given to me. I am so thankful for my Savior, Jesus Christ. He knows exactly what I'm going through and can understand my heart ache. We are never alone. I am a Mormon because I honestly and truly believe that this is the only true church on the earth today. It is the only way to return to our Father in Heaven. For me, that is my ultimate goal, to stand worthily in front of God and feel of his unconditional love and have him welcome me home.

How I live my faith

I participate in the Young Woman's program. This is a specifically designed program for girls between the ages of 12-18. It provides young woman with a group that have the same beliefs and standards. Young Woman have are split up into three classes: Girls that are 12 and 13 years old are called Beehives. Girls 14 and 15 are called Miamaids. Lastly girls that are 16-18 years of age are called Laurels. Each class has its own Presidency. I am the first counselor of the Laurel class. The Young Woman meet twice a week. The first have an activity night on a week day and then have a spiritual church class on Sundays. Young Woman activities consist of a variety of things. We have fun and play games, provide service, work on Personal Progress. Personal Progress is like the Eagle for Boys Scouts. To complete your personal progress you must complete the required tasks. These tasks can involve activities like 10 hour projects, service, and scripture study. Personal Progress has been given to the Young Woman to help growing girls become unique and talented individuals. It helps us prepare for mother hood. It is a true blessing. Once you have completed the Personal Progress, you are honored with a Medallion (necklace) for all of the hours and hard work you have completed. This medallion serves as a reminder for me to live the gospel. The Young Woman theme is: “We are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves us, and we love Him. We will ‘stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places’ (Mosiah 18:9) as we strive to live the Young Women values, which are: Faith Divine Nature Individual Worth Knowledge Choice and Accountability Good Works Integrity and Virtue. “We believe as we come to accept and act upon these values, we will be prepared to strengthen home and family, make and keep sacred covenants, receive the ordinances of the temple, and enjoy the blessings of exaltation.”